Since 2003, Wolf Lake First Nation (WLFN) has focused on forestry planning and harmonization measures that support the persistence of old growth forests and biodiversity within the Maganasipi River watershed. They are also working with the Quebec government on a plan to expand the 8,965 ha protected area proposed in the area to insure the critical range and habitat of the wolves as well as other threatened species can connect by safe corridors to the Mattawa winter deer yards.
WLFN prevents logging the core sector of the Maganasipi watershed for exceptional attributes.
Area receives preliminary protected area status by Quebec Ministry of Sustainable Development.
WLFN enters partnerships with key experts in Eastern Wolf population conservation
WLFN enters partnerships with key experts in Eastern Wolf population conservation.
For our proposed study we are engaging and training local Algonquin youth members as “wolf trackers,” to conduct wolf monitoring research with WLFN elders and University of Toronto students and scientific staff. The program will emphasize community youth capacity building as they simultaneously undertake GIS-based habitat analyses, collect DNA evidence, and track numbers and behaviors of wolves and their prey.
Through systematic local observations we aim to build complex and multi-layered data sets that both reveal and protect the habitat and lives of wild wolves in the Maganasipi. The methods and techniques available for determining the presence and abundance of wolf species are varied.